Gov. Brian Kemp is greeted by lawmakers as he enters the House chamber to deliver his first state of the state address. In it, he released his first budget, which included a $3,000 pay raise for teachers. The legislature eventually passed that bill and Kemp signed it into law. Bob Andres /

Georgia among 15 states to give teachers raises

With teacher pay a hot topic in state legislatures across the country, at least 22 states proposed legislation to give teachers a raise, according to an Education Week analysis. As of mid-June, 15 of those states have passed bills to increase teacher pay.

First-term governor Brian Kemp promised $3,000 for all teachers in the state, but not all districts were able to keep that promise initially. In Atlanta Public Schools the average pay increase was first expected to be $2,000. The district announced Friday, however, it would be increasing it to $3,000 since anticipated tax revenues are higher than first projected.

Georgia public school teachers are among top-paid teachers among those who got state-mandated raises this year.

Read the full story by Education Week.

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